Daily Readings and Thought for September 23rd. “BUT GOD KNOWS YOURS HEARTS”


 

Today, in Luke ch. 16, we have what are probably the two parables of Jesus that are the most challenging to understand.  They were not given to believers – but to unbelievers. We note their reaction!  “The Pharisees, who … heard all these things … ridiculed him.   And he said to them, ‘You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.’ ” [v.14,15]

We cannot stress enough the point of Jesus that, “God knows (y)our hearts” – but, we note what Paul told believers at Corinth in his 1st letter (ch. 4,) “do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive his commendation from God.” [4 v.5]  

How much to the point are the words Peter wrote, he said, before “the Lord comes”, although genuine believers will, “if necessary you  have been grieved by various trials” – this will be – “so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes … may be found to result in praise and glory and honour at the revelation of Jesus Christ. “ [1 Peter 1 v.6,7] 

Because “God knows (y)our hearts” this will happen – how wonderful – how awesome! 

Returning to Luke 16; first 13 verses contain a parable Jesus gives about a dishonest manager – this is a way of describing those who take the ‘broad’ way instead of God’s way. Jesus makes the profound but simple point, “No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”

Those who try to – are blind to the fact that “God knows (y)our hearts 

The huge challenge for us in these last days is well described by Paul in the 15th chapter of his first letter to the Corinthians.  Paul asked, “Why are we in danger every hour?” and warns the believers, “Do not be deceived: ‘Bad company ruins good morals.’ “ 

Let us be fully awake to the extensive dangers around us today – being awake, because we fully realize that “God knows (y)our hearts.

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